This Sound Bath for Anxiety is led by Laura Marino. Here are some frequently asked questions about Sound Baths.
Q: What are sound baths?
A: Sound baths are defined as an immersion in sound frequency through a specific instrument in this case singing bowls.
Q: Why call it a “bath”?
A: People often describe the experience as being submerged in sound, like the sound waves created by the Tibetan singing bowls are a visceral thing and they are washed in waves of water. They use words like “cleansed” and “cleared” to describe their experience. But we advise you to leave your rubber ducky at home.
Q: What can I do to prepare for my sound bath?
A: Go on YouTube and listen to a recording of singing bowls. While it’s nowhere near the same experience as hearing it live, it’ll give you a better understanding of what to expect from the class. Get there as early as possible so you can get comfortable with the space and calm your breathing, allowing the relaxation process to begin. We also encourage people to wear something comfortable and to stay hydrated. Sound waves carry on water, and the more hydrated you are, the more likely the frequencies will have a penetrating effect.
Q: Once I am there, what can I do to get the most out of my experience?
A: Follow your intuition. If you feel the urge to stand, please do. If you need to yawn, yawn — open up that tense face of yours. We encourage you to fidget and allow your body to do what it wants. Have a clear intention of why you are there and keep it at the forefront of your mind. Is it to let go of the stress of the week or experience a clarity on maybe something that has been nagging you? Remember to bring yourself back to that intention if you feel your mind starting to stray.
Q: What if I fall asleep?
A: It’s our intention that you stay present because these frequencies you are being exposed to can be takeaway tools. For example, if you hear a sound that resonates positively with you, you can remember it or take it with you, even hum it at your desk the next time you’re stressed out. That being said, very few people completely conk out. There is something about it that keeps them right on the edge of the veil — that lucid, dreamlike state right before you fall asleep.
Obtaining a massage therapy license in York, Pennsylvania, from the Baltimore School of Massage (now Cortiva Institute), and developing her practice in Orlando, Florida, Laura Marino has been in practice massage since 2011. Laura's years of experience and curiosity for the optimal service to heal not only her clients but also herself lead to learning Vibrational Sound Therapy - the missing ingredient she had been looking for. Combining vibrational sound therapy with modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and a clinical approach, Laura has merged these disciplines into a unique blend suited to the individual. The mixture of touch therapy with the soothing vibrations of the singing bowls, has brought Laura and her clients a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Laura knows all too well that the daily stresses in life can become overwhelming to the body and mind, and believes that this sound experience can help alleviate many of your worries and reconnect you back to your Vital Essence.